It is hard to imagine that Naseby used to be such a bustling town with many hotels, banks, churches, a hospital and a school when you wander along Derwent Street today. With only around 100 permanent residents year round, Naseby still bursts into life throughout the year when people arrive to visit cribs (holiday houses), take part in events or just come to see the old world charm, historical landmarks and amazing recreational facilities that Naseby has today.
The combination of the extraordinary Central Otago climate (hot dry summers and frosty white winters) has meant that many of the township’s historic buildings and landmarks remain standing and delightfully original and the town is a year round destination with the different seasons providing a great variety of activities and experiences.
Central to the town is the large, grassy, recreational domain with the cricket crease in the middle and surrounded by huge trees that each represent the early settler’s history. Cricket is still a feature of summer weekends on the domain and every New Year’s Day, as far back as anyone can remember, the highlight of the year is the family fun day when the domain becomes a bustling hive of activity with good old fashioned family activities.
Naseby really does have something for everyone. You can do as much or as little, as you want.
The Forest Recreational Area is a working forest on the edge of town owned and operated by Ernslaw One. Even if town is bustling it is possible to head into the forest and wander along one of the 52km of tracks and feel like you are in your own world away from the hustle and bustle.
The tracks are for all activities, including; walking, hiking, running, orienteering, mountain biking, dog sledding, horse riding. There are even some dams that are perfect for fishing and swimming. Have a look at the Ernslaw One page for more information and any special permits, conditions for your chosen activity.
What’s in town these days?
- You’ll find all you need in town these days! There is a general store, pub, café, information centre and the Maniototo Early Settler museum.
- Unique activities can be found at the Maniototo Adventure Park including the indoor international curling rink and seasonal outdoor luge tracks and ice skating rink.
- There’s night sky tours in the light pollution free skies and top class mountain bike tracks in the Naseby Recreation Area.
- During the winter months, the outdoor ice rink and luge come alive when the town turns into a winter wonderland.
- Naseby has good cell phone and fibre coverage if you do need to stay connected to the outside world.
- A lovely community with a Volunteer Fire Brigade that has a history spanning back over 150 years, still operational today.